Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"Twisted Innocence" Short Film Showcase

Expired September 8, 2020 12:00 AM
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There is something that generally unifies much of horror fandom: our exposure to the genre started at an early age. This is not 100% true, but it is quite prevalent. With all the fear that horror movies will destroy kids' lives and make them into delinquents, it is more true that what it really does is make them horror fans, horror artists, horror filmmakers, horror writers, or, like myself, horror curators. It is also quite true that horror is at its most potent when we are kids, our imaginations are boundless, our life outlook less jaded. For me, childhood and horror are not strangers at all, but rather perfect relatives. How fun it is, then, when we get stories where children are not the target of terror, but the source of it. Not all of the short films here are exactly that, though--some are about other forms of innocence, and the horror is less overt than a scary kid. I am quite fond of this collection.

When young Ayumi(Claudia Fabella) refuses to eat her food, a family dinner reaches a boiling point when her mother(Shio Muramatsu) warns of an evil spirit to appear upon unsuspecting children who are sent to bed on an empty stomach. When Ayumi learns that the entity is real, she decides on a more strategic form of interaction with the otherworldly being.

"A beautiful slice of life and rich insight into the Japanese-American experience, paired with the slow burning, psychological and supernatural folk tradition of Japanese horror." -Laila Ayad

Director: Sumire Takamatsu coordinated commercial shoots in NYC before joining Blue Sky Studios, a feature animation studio. She currently helps produce marketing materials and promotional content for an upcoming feature, Spies in Disguise. Outside the studio, she likes to work with a diverse group of talented artists and filmmakers to produce animated and live action shorts.

Director: Jorge Lucas met Sumire at Blue Sky Studios, where he started as a PA before working his way up to be an Assistant Editor. He's currently finishing the new Will Smith-starring Spies in Disguise. Outside of Blue Sky, Jorge has directed shorts as well as music videos for Baltimore-based band Sunbathers.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    10 minutes
  • Language
    English, Japanese
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas
  • Screenwriter
    Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas
  • Producer
    William Nawrocki III
  • Cast
    Claudia Fabella, Shio Muramatsu, Daisuke Suzuki, Sherry Q
  • Cinematographer
    Rob Silcox
  • Editor
    William Nawrocki III
  • Composer
    Emi Nishida